Henry VIII is in great spirits. He is noticeably more tolerant and forgiving than the Henry of old. He pardons criminals, visits his estranged young daughter Princess Elizabeth and plans a visit to the North of England—his first visit to the territory which fostered the “Pilgrimage of Grace” rebellion.
Unknown to the doting King, his wife Katherine Howard has begun a serious flirtation with the young and handsome Thomas Culpepper with the assistance of her lady in waiting, Lady Rochford. Cuckolding the King is a capital offense, but Henry, of course, can play by different rules… He takes his pleasure in the bed of Anne of Cleves, the ex-wife he once thought ugly.